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Bike scheme could be up and running for Volvo Ocean Race

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Date Published: 17-May-2011

By Denise McNamara

Galway City Council will advertise for expressions of interest to roll out a bike rental scheme next month, with plans to have it up and running in time for the Volvo Ocean Race in a year.

Transport Minister Leo Varadker indicated at the launch of National Bike Week in Eyre Square on Friday that he was in favour of extending the bike sharing scheme that is currently operating in Dublin to regional cities such as Galway in cooperation with local authorities.

“There is a provision in the programme for government for this,” he said. Galway was “exactly the type of city” where it would work extremely well, with its large student and tourist population, coupled with its compact size.

The scheme effectively operates as low-carbon public transport system, whereby people hire bicycles from various stations around the city.

The Galway Transportation Unit (GTU) is already working on plans for the scheme. In mid-June they plan to call for expressions of interest from companies which specialise in the schemes around Europe.

They will be asking for ideas on how a scheme would best operate in a city the size of Galway.

These submissions would then be examined and a proposal forwarded to the Minister in the autumn. It is hoped that funding for the scheme would be secured by early next year, with bikes available for hire across much of the city by the time thousands flock to the city for the Volvo Ocean Race next June.

JC Decaux operates the ones in Dublin and Paris, while Adshell is responsible for the scheme in Barcelona and was involved in the design of the one in Ghent, Belgium, a city similar in size and populace to Galway, according to Jim Molloy in the GTU.

“Ghent might be a good scheme for Galway to base itself on as it’s a university town and it’s very tourist-orientated, whereas the Dublin scheme is aimed at a much higher density and at the business community,” Mr Molloy explained.

“We don’t want to go the Dublin way of putting up massive advertising signs to fund it. A lot of companies have cut back on advertising so it’s not the big revenue stream it once was. We’d also look for a less intrusive scheme than in Dublin which involved digging up a lot of ground.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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